CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The City of South Charleston is giving the Little Creek Golf Course a facelift nearly nine years after the city acquired the property.
The clubhouse has been filled with scaffolding, drywall, paint and a crew of construction workers the past six months and is expected to have a grand reopening later this month. In addition, the city is in the process of building a separate facility that will house the golf pro shop.
Frank Mullens, mayor of South Charleston, said the damage that resulted from the June 2012 derecho essentially set off the trigger for the renovations.
"The storm demolished the entire wall and all the windows of our restaurant," he said. "We decided then that a complete overhaul was needed so we got to work immediately."
Chuck Hudson, general manager of the golf course, said the clubhouse is being transformed into a conference center that could accommodate 150-200 people.
He said the clubhouse currently has two rooms that can house small conferences and the renovations will add an additional two rooms.
Hudson said there is demand for small conference venues. With more rooms available, he hopes fewer conferences will be turned away because of lack of space.
"With high-tech businesses moving into the technology park next door, more and more businesses are going to want to use our facilities for meetings," Hudson said. "We want to accommodate everyone and the extra space will help us tremendously. There is no worse feeling than having to turn away business."
The renovations will incorporate technology of the 21st century. The rooms will have video and telephone conference capabilities, projector screens and modern computers.